February’s got me thinking about hearts and ways to keep mine healthy. One of my favorite ways to keep my heart in tip top shape is to go on a hike. As the weather warms up in southern California I encourage you to take your workouts outdoors. Start out by sending a group message to your friends and get active by hiking! Over the weekend my friends and I went hiking on one of the many trails in Runyon Canyon in Hollywood. It was an incredible hike from the iconic views of the Hollywood sign to the beauty of seeing the sunset from the summit and the twinkling city lights from below. For us college folks hiking is perfect because it is cost effective and provides a way of relaxation and detachment from all the stresses in school. I finished the hike more relaxed and in a pleasant mood from my endorphin boost. Lately, I have been reading Mario Lopez’s brand new book, “Just Between Us” and he talks about his favorite place to hike in SoCal, Griffith park. The girls and I plan of try out that hike, as well as do a hike to the Hollywood sign in the near future.
As for my Arizona friends some of my favorite hikes include Tom’s Thumb, Picacho Peak, the Camelback Mountains and South Mountains, and Walnut Canyon in Flagstaff.
According to Goodhiker.com here are 10 benefits when you “go take a hike!”
- Improved cardio-respiratory fitness (heart, lungs, blood vessels)
- Improved muscular fitness
- Lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- Lower risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
- Lower risk of high cholesterol and triglycerides
- Lower risk of colon and breast cancer, and possibly lung and endometrial cancer
- Increased bone density or a slower loss of density
- Reduced depression and better quality sleep
- Lower risk of early death (If you are active for 7 hours a week, your risk of dying early is 40% lower than someone active for less than 30 minutes a week.)
- Weight control; hiking burns up 370 calories an hour (154-lb person)
*Below I’ve attached a link to an article by the Huffington Post I really enjoyed called, “Proof That Hiking Makes You Happier And Healthier”. Just thought I’d share it with you!
Click Here >> http://huff.to/1yQ9JJQ